Certifications

Certifications

Almondco processes a major share of the Australian almond crop. We are supplied by over 140 HACCP accredited growers from the main growing areas in Australia. Growers supply their crop to the company under contract, a system that drives down processing costs and allows a consistent marketing focus.

Almondco Australia is one of Australia’s largest almond processing, packaging and marketing groups. Located at Renmark, South Australia, Almondco has the largest and most modern almond processing plant in Australia.

Almondco offers a broad range of almond products and has strategic partnerships with Australia’s key food manufacturers, re-packers, retailers, wholesalers, food service and confectioners. Almondco has well established export markets in the United Kingdom, Western Europe, India, Japan, Middle East and New Zealand. Almondco is developing markets as supply permits in South East Asia, Eastern Europe and China.

Meeting world standards

Our point of difference is quality. We know this because our customers consistently tell us. We are proud to have achieved Grade A accreditation under the British Retail Consortium (BRC) which is the leading authoritve voice for global food safety.

Certification is an ongoing process that encourages improvement and supports the achievement of goals and objectives.

 

Our quality standards program

Consistent with standards set within Almondco's processing facility, the company has introduced its own orchard management protocols to assist grower members maximise their almond crop potential.

Growers are encouraged to enrol in the Almondco Quality System programme and are subject to annual audits to ensure they are abiding by the standards set down by the company.

Almondco has worked tirelessly over the years to establish an international reputation for quality Australian almonds and the AQS programme is one of many safeguards in place to protect that hard won image.

 

HACCP

In 2002, Almondco successfully implemented a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) management system. The HACCP Certification combines the Codex Alimentarius principles for HACCP; good manufacturing practice, relevant standards and key management systems to ensure the food safety system is in line with international practices.

It also provides a means of ensuring that the system is working to its full potential and gives independent assurance to the customer and consumer that the food safety system is sound. Almondco continually updates its quality and hygiene manuals, and its in-house quality assurance program is subject to regular self-assessment, customer audit and third party audit. Almondco takes pride in consistently achieving high rankings in the supplier quality and service audits.

The quality and cleanliness of our Australian almonds means everything to us. Almondco uses a "Tegra" high speed colour sorting machine in tandem with a high speed "Best" laser sorting machine to ensure the removal of the maximum amount of foreign material possible. Quality begins with our raw Australian almond material. A wealth of farming experience, continuous research, plus good, clean and ancient soils, enables Australia to grow the world's best almonds.

Most of Australia’s almonds are grown in similar areas to vineyards, like a good vintage wine, quality almond production does not depend on top quality raw materials alone. Almonds must be processed carefully and this is where Almondco excels.

 

 

What is Almondco's formal quality accreditation?

Almondco is not the biggest almond processor in the world therefore we strive to be the best.

We set out to be the pre-eminent producer of quality Australian almonds, fresh from the almond orchard and free of foreign material. Our quality specifications are tighter than most others and we have a dedicated, committed and trained workforce. In 2002, Almondco upgraded its quality accreditation to ISO9001:2000 with SGS International Certification Services Pty Ltd. In 2009, Almondco successfully gained accreditation with the British Retail Consortium Global Food Standard.

 

Does Almondco have a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) program?

Almondco's HACCP Certification combines the Codex Alimentarius principles for HACCP: good manufacturing practice, relevant standards and key management systems to ensure the food safety system is in line with international practices.

It also provides a means of ensuring that the system is working to its full potential and gives independent assurance to the customer and consumer. Almondco continually updates its quality and hygiene manuals, and its in-house quality assurance program is subject to regular self-assessment, customer audit and third party audit.